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Missouri is making changes to safeguard the privacy and safety of our state’s citizens. Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law, legislation that will limit access to footage from police body cameras.

Over the last two years, stemming from the killing of Michael Brown, sales for body cameras have soared across the nation. Due to constant media coverage depicting altercations between the public and law enforcement, the demand for accountability is more present now than ever before.

The art of lobbying became more prominent in the 20th and 21st centuries throughout the United States. However, the act of lobbying first began in 1792 during the birth of the American Government and continued to thrive for centuries. The world of lobbying has changed a bit since the 1700s. Modern day lobbying consists of a variety of responsibilities performed. 

Three New Interim Committees Created

On Wednesday, the Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard announced the formation of three new interim committees to study specific policies while the legislature is on summer recess. 

Flotron & McIntosh associate Zachary Brunnert was named to The Missouri Times 30 Under 30 awards.

Last week, the conference committee on the various appropriations bills finalized the conference reports for the fiscal year 2017 operating budget, as well as the fiscal year 2016 supplemental appropriation bill. 

Associate David McCracken is quoted on behalf of the Missouri Police Chief's Association.

This weekend our President and CEO Richard McIntosh appeared on This Week in Missouri Politics to discuss bill prefiling and the heating up of the 2016 gubernatorial campaign. 

Richard McIntoshFranc Flotron David McCracken  and Zachary Brunnert of Flotron & McIntosh have been named to The Missouri Time's Top 100 List of people to know in Missouri public policy. 

On August 25th, the House Budget Committee met to discuss changes in the state’s medicaid enrollment and questions regarding the new enrollment system vendor. Department Director Brian Kinkaid, Commissioner Doug Nelson and Julie Gibson of the Family Support Divison took the stand to answer questions from the committee and to present their findings. 

....and why is it so important that I understand it? If you work in the health industry in Missouri, this committee might effects your organization. A CON committee decides whether there is a need for a healthcare facility or certain pieces of healthcare equipment in a geographic area, based on certain populations. 

The Certificate of Need Committee (CON) is also referred to as the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee.

The state of Missouri defines Certificate of Need as:

“Certificate of Need (CON) is an effort to contain costs, improve quality and increase access for many of Missouri's major health care services. This effort was established in Missouri in 1980, motivated by federal Public Law 93-641 as part of the Health Planning and Resource Development Act of 1974.